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Attention Teacher Candidates:

All teacher education programs in the Department of Education require students to complete a Criminal History Disclosure Form prior to any initial field placement. We require completion of this form as a precaution before placing you in a student teaching or other field placement where you will be working with children. Criminal history information may be shared with schools or other entities in which a placement is being considered. A criminal record is not an absolute bar to field placements and student teaching. Criminal history information will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Among the factors which will be taken into account are: the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the unlawful act; the length of time since the act was committed; the disposition; rehabilitation efforts, if any; and the type of placement being considered. When a placement may be affected by criminal history information, you will be notified and given an opportunity to provide relevant information prior to any decision. If you have already completed a Criminal History Disclosure Statement, and it is on file in the Office of Professional Development Schools, you do not have to complete another form. However, it is your responsibility to update your statement with any information based upon any changes in, or additions to, your criminal history until you graduate or terminate your enrollment. Failure to update your statement could result in action being taken against you. Please be reminded that you will not be able to go to your field placement without this document on file.

§35C. Causing abuse to child.
(A) Definitions.
(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) Abuse means:

(i) The sustaining of physical injury by a child as a result of cruel or inhumane treatment or as a result of a malicious act by any parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or family member, under circumstances that indicated that the child's health or welfare is harmed or threatened thereby; or
(ii) Sexual abuse of a child, whether physical injuries are sustained or not.

(3) Child means any individual under the age of l8 years.
(4) Family member means a relative of a child by blood, adoption, or marriage.
(5) Household member means a person who lives with or is a regular presence in a home of a child at the time of the alleged abuse.
(6) (i) Sexual abuse means any act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a child by a parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or family member.
(ii) Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to:

1. Incest, rape, or sexual offense in any degree;
2. Sodomy; and
3. Unnatural or perverted sexual practices.

§643B. Mandatory sentences for crimes of violence.

(2) Crime of violence defined; correctional institutional defined. - As used in this section, the term crime of violence means abduction; arson in the first degree; kidnapping; manslaughter, except involuntary manslaughter; mayhem and maiming, as previously proscribed under §§ 384, 385, and 386 of this article; murder rape; robbery; robbery with a deadly weapon; carjacking or armed carjacking; sexual offense in the first degree; sexual offense in the second degree; use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or other crime of violence; and attempt to commit any of the aforesaid offenses; assault in the first degree; and assault with intent to commit a sexual offense in the first degree, and assault with intent to commit a sexual offense in the second degree, as these crimes were previously proscribe under former § 12 of this article.

The terms correctional institution includes Patuxent Institution and a local or regional jail or detention center. 

Questions may be directed to the Office of Professional Development Schools or Student Services in the Department of Education. 
Dr. Pamela Williams Morgan, Director of Office of Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
Location: ACIV Building, Office 430
Phone: 410-455-1218